Wednesday , March 21 2018

Update: Major Cabinet Shake-Up Looms As Buhari Resumes On Monday

Reports have emerged that plans have been concluded by President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet when he resumes duty on Monday.

Reports have emerged that plans have been concluded by President Muhammadu Buhari to reshuffle his cabinet when he resumes duty on Monday.

According to reports, the changes will affect few of the president’s powerful aides and prominent members of the administration.

A senior government official, who preferred anonymity said, “In the next few weeks, we are entering the second half of this administration. I can tell you that a major cabinet reshuffle is on the way. Ministerial vacancies for Kogi and Gombe states would be filled, while there would also be an exchange of portfolios.

“Some junior ministers, whose relationships with their senior counterparts are not smooth would also be redeployed.”

According to the source, the country would soon witness greater synergy between the President and Vice-President , Yemi Osinbajo.

The source added that under the new scheme of things, the president intended to assign more important national duties to Osinbajo.

Buhari resumes duty on Monday

Buhari, who will resume duty on Monday after a 49-day medical vacation in London, is said to have been very impressed by what a source in government described as the ‘performance, competence and loyalty’ of the Vice President, who served as Acting President while he was away.

When asked why it took the President two years to synergise fully with his deputy, the source replied that both men had always been closer than the public knew.

The source said that the President is determined to remove those who interfere so that his administration can build on its recent strides.

Change of Portfolios

One of the ministers that could be affected is Babatunde Raji Fashola who might be relieved one of his portfolios as he currently administers Ministry of Works and Housing and Ministry of  Power.

The senior government officials who were not forthcoming with the names of those likely to be affected by the changes said the President liked to keep such things close to his chest.

According to reports, those that might be removed may include the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal; and some ministers who have been adjudged as under-performing.

A former Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole, is expected to join the cabinet.

Explaining the criteria the President would use in reshuffling his cabinet, the source said besides measuring the performance of each cabinet member, the President would also examine the relationship between senior and junior ministers.

Kogi and Gombe to be represented

Meanwhile, Kogi and Gombe states have no representatives in the Federal Executive Council.

Kogi state’s position became vacant following the death of a former Minister of State, Labour and Employment, James Ocholi (SAN), in a road accident on 6 March, 2016.

The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, who hails from Gombe, left the Federal Executive Council last month when she assumed duty as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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